Wellcome Trust Director Warns Against Antibiotic Resistance
The Guardian: Disease resistance to antibiotics at tipping point, expert warns
“The director of the Wellcome Trust has warned that resistance of disease to antibiotics has reached a tipping point at which it could creep into the U.K. almost without notice. Professor Jeremy Farrar said the effects would be gradual and would be seen not just in resistant new infections but in everyday medical practice and the treatment of everything from diabetes to minor wounds at risk of turning septic. … He called for more imaginative ways to incentivize the pharmaceutical industry, for example through changes to patents, and for regulation around clinical trials to be eased. He said access to antibiotics needed to be regulated as they were available over the counter at low cost in many countries…” (Siddique, 1/8).